Amazon and JPMorgan Chase: Americans' Friend or Foe?

We know from our Koski Research Future of Money Study that American consumers are looking for more integration in their financial lives. When news circulated earlier this year that Amazon was in talks with JPMorgan Chase and other financial institutions to offer checking accounts or checking-like services to Amazon customers, we wanted to know how Americans felt about America’s largest bank and America’s largest retailer linking up. Do Americans want financial integration to extend to linking their bank accounts directly to where they purchase goods online?

Americans are positive on Amazon banking services

Almost two-thirds (63%) of American adults in our Future of Money survey say that their financial information would be used by Amazon to improve their financial well-being (vs. 37% who say it would be used by Amazon to drive greater business to Amazon).

americans' openness to amazon and jpmorgan chase partnership

The majority of Americans are generally positive about sharing more information with Amazon

When it comes to privacy and security for sharing financial information, the majority of Americans are also generally positive, though younger generations less so. Two-thirds (66%) of Americans say that they are comfortable with Amazon having more information about them (vs. 34% who say Amazon would have more information than they are comfortable with).

The younger generations are more concerned about their privacy and security. Gen Z and Millennials are significantly more likely to say that Amazon would have more information than they are comfortable with–41% of Gen Z and 43% of Millennials vs. 33% of Gen X and 30% of Boomers. Despite the positivity toward the partnership, Americans don’t necessarily feel their financial information would be secure. Just over half (56%) of Americans say their financial information would be stored securely, and just under half (44%) say their financial information would be at risk for being compromised.

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Partnership has the potential to appeal to massive audience

We’ve seen in our Future of Money study that the large majority (84%) of Americans would like to manage money from one central online platform where they can see deposits, spending and saving in one place . And, over half (56%) of the Americans in our survey report that they have an Amazon account—over twice as many as report having a JPMorgan Chase or Bank of America account and about as many as use PayPal.

Last year Forbes reported that four out of every $10 spent online in the U.S. is spent on Amazon. The potential in this kind of integration between Amazon and a financial institution is, well, massive.

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